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Three Bangladeshis among those killed in Christchurch gun attacks

Published: March 15, 2019 12:23:13 | Updated: March 16, 2019 14:32:08


Grieving members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019 — Reuters photo

Three Bangladeshis are among those killed in Christchurch terror attack at mosques, Bangladesh Honorary Consul Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan says.

Two of them are Lincoln University teacher Dr Abdus Samad and his wife. The third victim is Hosne Ara Farid, a housewife, he said.

Dr Samad once worked as a teacher at the Bangladesh Agricultural University.

Several Bangladeshis were wounded in the terrorist attack. "Two of them are in critical condition," Bhuiyan told new agency UNB.

Another Bangladeshi has been missing since the shooting during Jum'a prayers.

New Zealand government says 49 people have been killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in shootings at two mosques. Four suspects have been detained.

Bangladesh cricket team, currently in Christchurch to play against New Zealand, narrowly escaped the attack. The third and final Test between Tigers and the Kiwis has been called off.

"We are arranging to send them back home as early as possible," Bhuiyan said.

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